While not a champion, Sami Zayn is one of the most popular superstars on the WWE roster. During his career, the Canadian wrestler has won the Intercontinental title three times and the NXT Championship once. The 37-year-old from Laval is also known for his past on the independent circuit, where he performed masked under the ring name of 'El Generico'
In the episode of SmackDown on March 4, Zayn lost the Intercontinental title to Ricochet, also due to the interference of Johnny Knoxville. In the next episode of SmackDown, Sami made every attempt to regain the belt but was again forced to succumb.
On April 3, on the second night of WrestleMania 38, Zayn was defeated by Knoxville in an 'Anything Goes match' Guest in the latest edition of the 'After the Bell' podcast, the 'Master Strategist' reflected on his career in WWE and how his position in the company has changed.
Sami Zayn is a WWE veteran
"Now I feel much more comfortable in WWE than I did five years ago" - admitted Sami Zayn. “In the past, I was really stressed out, I always felt under pressure and I was constantly struggling to gain a few inches in the hierarchy.
I did not enjoy the time in the ring, which I have learned to do in recent years" - he continued. 'The Great Liberator' he is not satisfied: "Obviously, I would like to climb a little higher and have more time on TV shows.
I do my best every week and believe my work is appreciated by the WWE Universe. Vince McMahon has put me in a position that allows me to fully appreciate what I am doing. I hear a lot of guys complaining about running out of space.
Understand that WWE is full of talent, so you can't expect to stay on top of the wave all the time. You must have the intelligence to understand when it's time to take a step back. I think I have found the perfect balance, I feel at peace with myself."
The former champion also recalled his earlier encounters with The Ring General and discussed how WWE had passed on him back in the day. "I think I wrestled him in 2011 or something, or 2010. Met him ages ago in Germany.
He was really good. I had a pretty good relationship with one of the guys who did the high ring back in NXT when I first got here. He asked me about Walter at that time. He said, 'What about this Walter, Big Van Walter?' I was like 'Yeah, great.
You should get him.' I don't know why they passed. I think at that time he had a real baby face. I don't mean he was a good guy, I mean he looked like a child. He looked like an overgrown child. He had a childish face," Zayn continued.